The University of Liberia says all is now set for its 96th Commencement and Convocation in December, next month.
It said the decision comes following weeks of hearing petitions from Deans of Colleges and deliberating upon them, the University of Liberia Faculty Senate cleared while the Board of Trustees of the institution approved for 2,433 candidates to graduate at the 96th Commencement Convocation in December, 2015.
The final sitting for clearing students was completed on Thursday, October 29, in the Conference Room of the Nathanial H.B. Cassell Building on the Capitol Hill Campus. The Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Dr. S. Momolu Getaweh confirmed that the process of clearing student was finally closed.
The meeting of the Board of Trustees was convened on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, where all Trustees in attendance overwhelmingly approved the candidates presented. The Board also approved the decision that this year’s commencement will be college-based.
When the numbers are tabulated, according to the Office of Enrollment Management, the candidates cleared and approved are from the six undergraduate colleges, five graduate programs, three professional schools, including the Joint UL – Ministry of Finance Financial Management Training Program, FMTP/IPTP.
The undergraduate colleges include: Liberia College with 401 candidates comprising of 218 males, and 183 females; the William V. S. Tubman Teachers’ College with 93 candidates, comprising of 54 males and 39 females; the William R. Tolbert, Jr. College of Agriculture and Forestry with 239 candidates, comprising of 195 males and 35 females; the Thomas J. R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology with 188 candidates, comprising of 137 males, and 51 females; and the College of Business and Public Administration with 1,127 Candidates, comprising of 706 males and 421 females.
The graduate schools include: Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Master in Public Administration (MPA) with 110 candidates, comprising of 74 males and 36 females; the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Graduate School of International Relations (IBB) with 17 candidates, comprising of 13 males and 4 females; the Regional Planning Program with 24 candidates, comprising of 18 males and six females; the Graduate Program in Education Administration and Supervision (GPED) with 15 candidates, comprising of 13 males and two females; and the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT) with 21 candidates, comprising of 13 males and eight females.
The three professional schools include: the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law with 54 candidates, comprising of 43 males and 11 females; the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine with 35 candidates, comprising of 20 males and 15 females, and the School of Pharmacy with 29 candidates, comprising 24 of males and five females.
A Narrowing Gender Gap When the ratio of male to female is tabulated, the December 2015 commencement statistics reveal that the yearning gender disparity is gradually narrowing.
For example, the Department of Sociology in Liberia College and the Department of Management in the College of Business and Public Administration will be graduating more females than males. According to the data, of the 325 sociology candidates cleared, 167 are females, and the 320 management candidates cleared, 181 are females.